Rome has been a source of inspiration for Nordic artists for centuries and many Nordic artists spent long periods of time in the eternal city. In the middle of the 19th Century there were no less than three Nordic libraries in Rome. The Danish, the Swedish and the Norwegian libraries united in 1860 and Circolo Scandinavo per Artisti e Scienziati was founded. Circolo Scandinavo has since then been a Nordic meeting point in Rome.
Circolo Scandinavo gained economic support from the Scandinavian governments and Finnish and Icelandic artists soon received membership in the
The association has had many distinguished visitors, for example Henrik Ibsen, Selma Lagerlöf, Sigrid Undset, Halldór Laxness and Evert Taube. August Strindberg also has his signature in the guestbook.
Circolo Scandinavo became an artist residency in the 1960’s. Circolo Scandinavo is supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers since 1975.
Circolo Scandinavo has operated on several addresses in Rome, and has since 2006 been located on Via della Lungara, in a large, spacious apartment in the
stately “Casino di Vigna” from the 16th century.
The artist house is a neighbour to Villa Farnesina and lies opposite to Palazzo Corsini where the Swedish Queen Christina spent the last 35 years of her life.